Research Associate

Research Associate

Posted June 5, 2024

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a Research Associate at 100% FTE to join the Dr. Leluo Guan’s Laboratory.

The expected pay for this position is $6,500/month.

Job Summary

A full time Research Associate position is available immediately for a highly motivated PhD to join Dr. Guan’s research group in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, in the area of animal microbiome and functional genomics with an anticipated start date of July 15, 2024. This position will be 70% research and 30% project management and will be in a two-years term subjected to a two-year renewal based on funding availability,

Organizational Status

The successful candidate will report to the Principal Investigator.

Responsibilities Include


– Planning and designing experiments.

– Providing input into writing research proposals and writing significant portions of grant applications.

– Engaging with community members and partners to develop research questions and protocols.

– Participating in the development and implementation of new projects, by developing new material and protocols, researching and sourcing equipment, and recommending staff and resource requirements.

– Responding to ongoing requests for regular reports by maintaining and updating information to ensure compliance with granting agencies and other external organizations.

– Identifying opportunities for developing new initiatives, grants and projects that enhance funding of research in the lab.

– Preparing Research Ethics Board applications and amendments as required, and ensuring compliance with research Ethics Board guidelines.

– Identifying new translational pathways, such as partnerships, licensing, etc. for new technologies and encourages entrepreneurial activities as appropriate.

– Conducting literature reviews relating to research areas. Contributing intellectual and scientific input to manuscripts for publication, provides scientific editing and proofreading.

Project management:

  • Assists the Academic co-leads with designing and implementing of operational plans based upon the overall strategic vision of the Project including ongoing assessment of strategic plan, timelines, and deliverables
  • May complete or oversee communications activities for the project in conjunction with team members and partners. Cultivates positive working relationships with all project participants and acts as a moderator among parties in the event that issues arise among Project participants
  • Overarching responsibilities for scientific and financial reporting. Monitoring expenditure of funds relative to budget, ensuring appropriate, transparent justifications for expenditures. Responsibility for exemplary file management and archiving to ensure smooth running of the project as well as to meet any audit requests. Assists in the creation of progress, scientific, financial or final reports.
  • Organise research project symposia, conferences, lectures, seminars or meetings. This includes scheduling, coordinating, setting agendas, acting as moderator / note-taker for virtual and in-person Project meetings.
  • May complete or oversee communications activities for the project in conjunction with team members

Qualifications and Experience

– Ph.D. degree in microbiology and/or functional genomics.

– Minimum three years of post-doctoral experience in animal microbiome or relevant area of research.

– Experience in genomics and transcriptomics is an asset.

– Knowledge of, and experience in, using specialized bioinformatics and pipeline development for multi-omic analysis.

– Experience developing scientific experiments for beef and dairy cattle trials.

– Experience developing, evaluating, and implementing assays for microbiome-host interactions

– Experience with the preparation of funding / grant applications.

– Experience leading and publishing systematic reviews pertaining to animal microbiome and functional genomics research areas.

– Established scientific publication record in the area of animal microbiome and functional genomics.

– Experience presenting at international scientific conferences.

– Demonstrated capacity to work with national and international interdisciplinary teams

– Proven ability to multi-task in a deadline-oriented environment with minimal supervision. Has the drive and enthusiasm to lead and work as a member of a team


– Assists and oversees research assistants and students as required.

– Assists and provides guidelines to other research members, as required.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references to: Professor Leluo Guan, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, (Address: 2205 East Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4) electronically to The application deadline is July 6, 2024. Only those asked for an interview will be contacted.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.